Pogie put up a brief clip this morning chastising a woman, Montana State Senator Jennifer Fielder, who thinks kids would be better off out of school at age 16. Fielder only goes so far, presuming that kids are getting a good education in public schools. That’s highly debatable. But she has a good notion that people self-educate better than by means of the absorption/regurgitation process.
Why she thinks that this remarkable ability to learn and understand our environment doesn’t start until age 16, she does not say.*
So I agree with her only in part, that is, I think kids would be better off kept out of our public schools entirely while she favors forced schooling. As I watched the clip I thought I saw the workings of a good mind there, thoughtful even if rote in regard the role of government and “welfare,” saying in essence that government only exists to propagate itself. That’s treasured right-wing dogma. But that is expected, perhaps mandatory drivel.
Most of our twelve years of formal schooling are a waste of time and energy, a babysitting service but worse. I commented there as “School for the blind,”
Education as we know it, the Prussian model, is designed to crush curiosity and creativity, teach kids to trust and obey authority. You’re a product of it, Don, and so turn around and pay it down to those below you, knowing no other way.
I think it in the best interest of the kids, for their intellectual and creative development, to get them out of school and into a real learning environment, as much self-guided as such a thing is possible, that is, with guidance, but to the degree possible allowing the child to progress has his or her own interests and abilities dictate.
I assume that comment will soon disappear.
Things that we do we do because that’s the way it’s done. We take kids from their best learning environment, home, at a young age, and place them in a rigid thought-controlled place where they learn to stand on line, keep quiet, read when told to read, and only what we tell them to read. Kids, naturally curious, sometimes rebel in that environment. So they invented a disease, ADHD or whatever alphabet soup they call it now, so that we can administer Ritalin to make them hold still.
But the natural reaction of a normal, bright, curious and inquisitive kid in that stilted environment is to rebel! It’s the ones that don’t rebel that we should worry about. Is there a drug to wake up curiosity? Would Pogie take it too?
*Sen Fielder also talks about the movement afoot, now and for decades, to put federal public lands under control of states. She echoes the usual justification, that the lands are not available for multiple use, that local people have no say in their use. That is not true by any stretch, but that argument merely masks the real agenda of this movement, to privatize these lands. Once that is done, trust me, we will have no access, and no say in their use. That’s a monstrous hidden agenda, and Fielder is either knowingly part of it, or a dupe. Judging by her demeanor, eyes steady and not darting rightward as she speaks (a tell that the lying process is going on), I think it the latter.